The Sexual Self-Consciousness Scale

J.J.D.M. van Lankveld, H. Sykora, Wendy Geijen

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The Sexual Self-Consciousness Scale (SSCS) aims to measure individual variability with regard to the propensity to become self-conscious in sexual situations. Self-focused attention has been found to have impeding effects on genital sexual responsiveness, presumably because it also reduces processing capacity (Meston, 2006). Experimentally induced self-focus was found to interact with the personality trait of sexual self-consciousness in their effect on genital arousal (Meston, 2006; van Lankveld & Bergh, 2008; van Lankveld, van den Hout, & Schouten, 2004). Subjective experience of sexual excitement was not affected in these studies. Sexual self-consciousness may thus constitute a vulnerability factor for the development of sexual dysfunction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Sexuality-Related Measures
EditorsRobin R. Milhausen, John K. Sakaluk, Terri D. Fisher, Clive M. Davis, William L. Yarber
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781315183169
ISBN (Print)9781138740839
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019



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van Lankveld, J. J. D. M., Sykora, H., & Geijen, W. (2019). The Sexual Self-Consciousness Scale. In R. R. Milhausen, J. K. Sakaluk, T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, & W. L. Yarber (Eds.), Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures (4 ed., pp. 60-62). Routledge.